22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Leticia
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Bogota
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
3
San Gil
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Cartagena
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
6
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
7
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Santiago

1
night
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): walk around Parque Santander, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Bioparque Etuena, and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then identify plant and animal life at Isla de Los Micos.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Leticia day trip planner .

Santiago, Chile to Leticia is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Leticia is minus 1 hour. February in Leticia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos

3
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar plaza. Get in touch with nature at Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano (in Tocancipa). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota journey builder tool .

You can fly from Leticia to Bogota in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Leticia in February, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

3
nights
San Gil

San Gil ©
Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Cascada de Juan Curi. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and walk around Parque La Libertad.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Gil driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to San Gil takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, San Gil is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Gil

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
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Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cristal Beach and Yo Amo Santa Marta. Visiting Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino, and stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta attractions tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Santa Marta takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Gil in February; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Speed Boats Tours and Barrio Getsemani. Explore hidden gems such as Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Walking tours. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, examine the collection at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planning website .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in February, you will find days in Cartagena are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Speed Boats Tours
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. On the next day, make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Providencia Island trip website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Tours
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West View and Plaza Canon de Morgan. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Andres Island holiday planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. February in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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West View
West View
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

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